Episose 76: Is ‘vaccine Apartheid’ to blame for Africa’s pitiful inoculation rates?

70th Annual General Assembly Debate
Namibian President Hage Geingob addresses the 70th United Nations General Assembly. Photo: United Nations.

Every year, the United Nations General Assembly presents an opportunity for Africa’s leaders to embarrass themselves on the international stage. During this year’s assembly, which took part in New York recently, it was Namibian President Hage Geingob’s turn to show the world how unbelievably naive our leaders are. Geingob used the term “vaccine Apartheid” to describe rich countries’ hoarding of the coronavirus vaccine. How ridiculous is that? Why can’t the wealthiest continent in the world just figure out how to create its own vaccines? And when are we going to realize that the west doesn’t — and will never — have our best interest at heart?